Marge Ainsley has previously been voted one of the 50 best freelancers in the UK by The Drum marketing magazine readers and is now one of two curators (sorry!) of the Museum Freelance Network. In this episode, we discuss the value of a niche network for freelancers, understand more about the state and fears in the cultural sector, and learn what we can all do to help ourselves.
Since going freelance in 2008, I’ve worked with a range of museums, galleries, libraries and archives to build in-house expertise, facilitate meetings, understand audiences and develop insight.
I’m interested in creating connections. Whether that’s bringing audiences and organisations closer together, helping staff to work more productively, or discovering new insight through research and evaluation. I also help run the Museum Freelance Network, giving independents across the cultural sector the opportunity to meet and share ideas. I often write about my life as a freelancer on my blog. From my experience as an independent evaluator, through to tips and advice about facilitation, audience development and arts marketing approaches.
Previously voted one of the top 50 freelancers in the UK and an IPSE Ambassador of the Year Finalist, I’m a Member of the Market Research Society, CILIP, Arts Marketing Association, Visitor Studies Group and Association of Independent Museums.